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World Health Day | Depression! let's talk

There are so many cases of suicides are reported every day in different-2 cities of India. The cause behind increasing suicides is largely depression. The rise in depression-related suicides has triggered alarms of govt and PM Modi during his "Mann Ki Baat" programme chose this unusual subject to address.


By   |  Updated On : April 07, 2017 06:55 PM
World Health Day | Depression! let's talk

World Health Day | Depression! let's talk

New Delhi :  

A young 24-year-old boy on Monday jumped to death from 19th floor of Mumbai's Hotel Taj Land Ends. Before committing suicide, the boy even recorded his act and broadcasted it live on a social networking site.

There are so many cases of suicides are reported every day in different-2 cities of India. The cause behind increasing suicides is largely depression. The rise in depression-related suicides has triggered alarms of govt and PM Modi during his "Mann Ki Baat" programme chose this unusual subject to address. 

Depression is also the focus point on this World Health Day celebrated on April 7. 

According to a WHO report, "The total number of people living with depression in the world is 322 million. Nearly half of these people live in the South-East Asia Region and Western Pacific Region, reflecting the relatively large populations of those two areas which include India and China."

During his Mann ki Baat program, Prime Minister Modi addressing the issue said," we are lucky to have had joint families, where if someone was feeling out of sorts it would always be noticed."

But, ain't we loosing this culture of joint families...are we? Yes, is the answer.

This Depression is very common in developed countries like US, UK, Australia etc. where joint families hardly exist. Their culture is different where a child's upbringing is mostly looked after by nannies unlike Dada-Dadi's in India. 

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According to a research published by Indian Journal of Psychiatry "Depression as a disorder has always been a focus of attention of researchers in India. Over the last 50-60 years, large number of studies has been published from India addressing various aspects of this commonly prevalent disorder."

"The various aspects studied included epidemiology, demographic and psychosocial risk factor, neurobiology, symptomatology, comorbidity, assessment and diagnosis, impact of depression, treatment related issues and prevention of depression in addition to the efficacy and tolerability of various antidepressants. Here, we review data on various aspects of depression, originating from India." 

Reasearches have also suggested that clinical depression can be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy food, every day morning walk, every day practicing Yoga and sharing your problem with family can help in prevention of depression.

But If you are feeling depression for over 2 weeks, see your health care provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

First Published: Friday, April 07, 2017 06:25 PM


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